Grizzlies Rugby Ready for Important Game

Published on October 12, 2012

Grizzlies Flanker Paul Marshall looks to help lead his team to victory against Mohawk this Saturday at 1pm

Georgian’s men’s rugby team enters this weekend with something to prove.

First year head coach John Daggett had his team firing out of the gate to start the season, earning two victories over Sheridan and coming away with a draw against Conestoga.

The previously undefeated Grizzlies ran into the very strong Humber Hawks team last week handing Georgian there first defeat of the season with a 116-0 loss.  The Hawks have scored over one-hundred points in each of their four games so far this season.

Still for Coach Daggett, he takes little comfort in Humber’s early dominance in the standings.

“We are trying to make a statement this week (vs. Mohawk),” said Daggett.  “We are not that team that played against Humber.”

The Grizzlies still find themselves in good position sitting in 2nd place in the west division standings with two games remaining and can control their fate heading into the playoffs.

Georgian will travel to Mohawk Saturday afternoon in an important game for both teams kicking off at 1pm.  The Grizzlies will then wrap up the round robin schedule Sunday, October 21st when they travel to Conestoga.

After making some adjustments, the team refocused in preparation for the trip to Mohawk.

“We had a good hard week of practice, which we needed.  We will be ready for Saturday.”

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High school students rule the kitchens in annual secondary school contest April 29

Published on April 24, 2014

Uniformed high school students working as a group in a kitchen at GeorgianSecondary school students from 15 schools across central Ontario will compete in Georgian College’s annual High School Hospitality Competition on Tuesday, April 29.

The winners will receive scholarships to attend School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs Georgian College.

A total of 78 participants, from high schools between Toronto and North Bay, work in pairs as cooking, baking or restaurant service teams. Cooking students must prepare a three-course meal (entrée, main and dessert).

Baking students must prepare an array of baked goods (apple pies, banana muffins, white bread rolls, éclairs and choux puffs). Restaurant service students complete tasks including a table setting, mocktail preparation, and serving guests at a coffee service.

The goal of the day is to introduce students to competitive hospitality competitions and to enlighten them on the many career paths that the industry offers. At the same time, these talented high school students gain an introduction to Georgian College faculty, programs, and facilities.


Scholarship event showcases works by top Design and Visual Arts students

Published on April 24, 2014

SDVA Scholarship Show 2014The hard work is over and now it’s show time.

The work of more than 100 top students from eight programs in Design and Visual Arts are on display as part of the annual Scholarship Show April 25 to May 14 in the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts (D Building) at the Barrie Campus.

At stake is more than $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Just prior to the show opening, the students’ work was judged by panels of experts. Visitors to the show will view the work of all nominees and award winners.

The visually stunning exhibit features work by students from Web Animation and Design, Jewellery and Metals, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Digital Photography and Imaging, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art Fundamentals.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The official opening is Friday, April 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Visit the SDVA site for more information about programs.

Enter to win a Samsung GALAXY Tab3 at College Dialogue

Published on April 23, 2014

Come to our booth at College Dialogue this May and be entered in a draw for a Samsung GALAXY Tab3.

Our Georgian recruiter will be available to answer questions about the great programs we offer. Provide us with your email address and you’ll be entered in the draw for the Samsung GALAXY Tab3, a handy, compact 16-GB device with Wi-Fi, camera and full HD playback/recording – perfect for school and home!


Midland Skilled Trades event for women May 13

Published on April 23, 2014

Female students may wish to attend a free Skilled Trades Expo at Georgian’s Robbert Hartog Midland Campus. The ‘Women in the Trades’ event, in partnership with Hydro One, will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Focused on helping women succeed in skilled trades, the event includes a barbecue dinner, speaker panel, vendors and a hands-on electrical workshop. Georgian has many skilled trades programs at various campuses.

Email to pre-register.


We’ll be at Skills Canada – Ontario event in Waterloo May 5-6

Published on April 23, 2014

If you are attending Skills Canada-Ontario’s Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo, May 5 to 6, stop by the Georgian College booth.

Georgian will be showcasing all the great skilled trades programs we have to offer. Representatives will be giving demonstrations and available to answer all your questions.

See you there!


Georgian named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for fifth year in a row

Published on April 22, 2014

Cell phone recycling - Canada's Greenest Employer 2014
Heather Currie, staff member at the Barrie Campus Library at Georgian College, places a cell phone in a bin for recycling. During Earth Month 2014, proceeds from all recycled cell phones at each campus will help support Food Locker programs for students.

 Georgian College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2014 – the fifth consecutive year that the college has won the award. The announcement was made on April 22, Earth Day, at the Barrie Campus. The Greenest Employer award recognizes employers that lead the nation in making environmental values part of their organizational culture. This award is based on activities that were undertaken in the 2012-2013 academic year.

This month, numerous environmental activities are underway across Georgian campuses. Staff and students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses are dropping off old cell phones and other e-waste for recycling. Money paid by the recycling firm will be donated to the student food locker program at each campus. The Orillia Campus will be screening environmental documentaries throughout the day and evening on Earth Day, April 22. The Midland Campus is planning a campus clean-up day with students and staff, finishing with an environmentally friendly pizza lunch for participants.

“It is a great honour for Georgian College to be recognized once again as a green employer, and a testament to the efforts of students and staff who are dedicated to finding new ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Angela Lockridge, Vice President, Corporate Services and Innovation. ”I am impressed by the variety of innovative solutions they discover and implement each day, from finding better ways of using materials in labs and classrooms, to implementing increasingly advanced recycling strategies. ”

Georgian College is being recognized for its strategy of advancing and promoting three environmental priorities: waste reduction and diversion, enhanced environmental literacy and policies and procedures that consider environmental impacts. Every day, Georgian’s staff and students work together to achieve these objectives.

“Georgian continues to be recognized for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and having environmentally responsible business activities,” said Dianne Corrigan, Georgian College’s Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator. “The college has taken a leadership role in demonstrating how a large organization can find practical ways of incorporating environmentally friendly practices in its operations. It is a series of small steps that collectively make a significant difference, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Corrigan said a key to Georgian’s success is encouraging students and staff to become aware of the environmental impact of their daily activities.

Pre-consumer food waste from food preparation operations at the Barrie and Orillia campuses is separated out and collected for conversion into bio-fuel. The college continues to host and sponsor community sustainability events, such as a zero-waste conference and is a “greening” sponsor of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia.

Canada’s Greenest Employers are selected each year by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a division of Toronto-based Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Food Services open April 21-25

Published on April 21, 2014

Tim Hortons in C Building is open April 21-25, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (deli bar closes at 3 p.m.)

Everything else on campus is closed.

All other campuses food services are closed.

Pharmacy Technician students help make OPP drug drop-off a success

Published on April 17, 2014

Gloved hands are shown going through a large collection of medications/pills.
Pharmacy Technician students sort through prescription drugs dropped off by members of the public. They were volunteering at events organized by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Georgian College Pharmacy Technician students fanned out across Simcoe County and Muskoka recently to help with a province-wide prescription drug drop-off day organized by Ontario Provincial Police.

The event was created as a way for members of the public to safely dispose of prescription drugs – no questions asked. Sixteen Pharmacy Technician students volunteered their time to assist at drop-off locations in Orillia, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Alliston, Midland, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, said program co-ordinator Kelly Mannen. Students used their skills and knowledge to assist with drug identification and counting of pills.

OPP said that more than 300 kilograms of medications were collected across the province, including opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates which could be dangerous if used improperly.



Environmental documentaries mark Earth Day at Orillia Campus April 22

Published on April 17, 2014

The Orillia Campus is marking Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, with screenings of three environmental documentaries.

Staff, students and community members are welcome to attend the free move viewings. Participants are especially encourage to bring e-waste (includes anything with a cord), batteries, and writing instruments for recycling.

The movie screenings take place at 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. in the Orillia Campus Theatre, Room C112.

The 10 a.m. movie is The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil:

When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1900s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farm and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one.

The noon screening is Winged Migration:

An odyssey over three years in the making, Winged Migration is an amazing experience to behold. Its most impressive and moving achievement is its ability to draw the viewer into an almost foreign world, traveling along with a myriad of bird species as they undertake their semiannual migrations over vast distances. Winged Migration offers the world through birds’ eyes.

The 7 p.m. screening is North of The Sun:

This documentary explores the experiences of Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum who spent nine months of cold Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote Arctic island on the coast of northern Norway. They built a cabin of driftwood and other cast-off materials washed up on the shore and ate expired food that would otherwise have been thrown away. But mostly, they enjoyed the use of their surfboards — the isolated bay offers some of the world’s finest surfing waves.

Students attend Young Entrepreneurs Night at Barrie brewery

Published on April 17, 2014

The Globe and Mail invited students, young aspiring entrepreneurs and local business owners to enjoy a night of free food, drinks and networking at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in downtown Barrie on April 15. A number of sponsors, including Georgian College, helped make this wonderful opportunity come to life!

This screen shot from The Globe and Mail website shows the photo blog of Young Entrepreneurs Night in downtown Barrie.
This screen shot from The Globe and Mail website shows the photo blog of Young Entrepreneurs Night in downtown Barrie.

The Young Entrepreneurs Night featured a handful of students who aspire to be entrepreneurs, and a plethora of established small-business owners from the community who were willing to share their challenges, successes and advice. The Globe and Mail also hosted a live photo blog, requesting attendees to post their photos from the night using #youngtreps.